Iraqi PM in Iran to cement ties

raqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi is in Iran for his first official visit since he took office, in a further sign that Baghdad is serious about maintaining close ties with Tehran despite US pressures. It comes right on the heels of President Hassan Rouhani’s trip to Baghdad last month and the two neighbors’ pledge to boost the already flowering trade to $20 billion in two years from $12 billion today. Along with ministers of commerce, foreign affairs, planning, transportation, health and energy, a number of Iraqi parliamentarians as well as 30 representatives of the…

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Erdogan accuses US, Europe of ‘meddling’ in Turkey’s internal affairs

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused the United States and Europe of “meddling” in Turkey’s internal affairs after its Western allies issued statements following his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP)’s challenge to local election results. The Turkish leader and his AKP suffered an upset in mayoral elections last week after results showed that the ruling party lost the capital Ankara and was narrowly defeated in Istanbul, the Turkey’s biggest city and economic hub. The AKP then filed objections to the results with the country’s High Election Board and contested the…

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At least 50 people killed in clashes with bandits in Nigeria

At least 50 people were killed in clashes with bandits in northwest Nigeria, which has been riven by cattle rustling and kidnapping, the state government said on Friday. The speaker of Zamfara state parliament, Sunusi Rikiji, told reporters the deaths happened on Tuesday in Sakajiki village, in the Kauran Namoda area of Zamfara state. “We received reports that members of the (civilian militia) mobilized people… and confronted the bandits in the forest, which resulted in the killing of at least 50 people,” he said after returning from a visit to…

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US military admits to killing civilians in Somali airstrikes

The United States military has admitted for the first time that it killed two Somali civilians in one of its airstrikes in the African country’s central El Burr region. The US Africa Command (AFRICOM) had for a long time insisted that it was only taking out “terrorists” in its alleged precision strikes in Somalia. However, it admitted in a Friday statement that an internal review of the airstrikes had found hints at civilian casualties in Aoril last year. “During a commander-directed review of airstrikes conducted in Somalia since 2017, US Africa…

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